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Half Bathroom Remodel Complete

It’s done! I just need a soap dispenser and a fancy towel. You may look at this and think, “that looks nice.” So let me remind you what this room looked like before. BEFORE Matt replaced the toilet last year but that was the only update we had done. The room was so dark and dingy. No matter how it was decorated, it was ugly. The cabinets, trim, and countertop had yellowed. It needed a makeover. I quickly recognized that a coat of paint would not be enough. The cabinet had to go too. Each stage of the demo brought a new issue to light. Removing the mirror-wall damage, remove the old sheetrock and replace. Removing the cabinet-more wall damage and bare concrete, repair sheetrock and add six more pieces of tile.  Move the toilet-water damage from old toilet leaks, repair sheetrock. While my Dad was in town he replaced the plumbing in the wall and installed an utility sink in the laundry room (on the other side of the wall). Matt is happy it …

Half Bathroom Makeover Update

It looks like the half bath will be finished soon. It had been painted a couple of times since someone removed the original wallpaper. But the trim, cabinet, and door had yellowed. Matt had already replaced the toilet and purchased a new fan and air vent so I originally thought a new coat of paint would be enough to freshen it up a bit. But then I looked at the countertop. Fresh white paint on the trim would just highlight the yellowed marble countertop. So initially we thought we could just replace the countertop and paint the cabinet but considering the cost, it would be about the same price to just buy a new vanity. BEFORE DEMO So after removing the cabinet and countertop, we realized we would need to lay tile. The mirror was glued to the wall and left a lot of residue. After attempting to repair the sheetrock, we realized we would just need to replace it. SHEETROCK But the other pieces of sheetrock were textured. Instead of matching that one section, …

Patio Door Makeover

The old sea foam green back door has been a thorn in my side. My original plan was to install a new dutch door and frame but instead of spending $3000, I spent $50 on paint and liquid masking. It made a huge difference! This back door has been driving me insane since we first moved into the house. It is the original back door, so I understand it is old. It is also the door right off the driveway so I am sure even before us, it was used frequently (we rarely use the front door). The usage and age was definitely showing and it was time to replace it or repaint it. BEFORE As I sanded and scraped the door, I found traces of three different colors. It’s an old door but like most things, paint makes things look new. I purchased a new door handle and deadbolt but this old door has issues and the new handle did not work well so I just cleaned the old one and re-installed it. There …